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starbucks lunar new year 2024 collection
starbucks lunar new year 2024 collection
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Starbucks’ Collection For The Year Of The Wood Dragon Is Fire (Pun Intended)

Going into the New Year, I’m constantly looking for ways to bring in that good energy. Starbucks knows the importance of starting the New Year off on the right foot, and their 2024 Lunar New Year collection will help to make sure that’s the case. Starbucks is always dropping new collections, like their brand-new Valentine’s Day collection, and products like the tumbler are the perfect way to transport your coffee (or hot chocolate, in my case) to class with you so the drink doesn’t get cold. I also love gifting friends mugs during the winter season, because they make a cute and practical gift for them to pull out whenever they’re lounging at home.

In case you don’t know the significance of the Lunar New Year and the Wood Dragon, let me explain. Lunar New Year ties to Chinese astrology, where the Wood Dragon is the fifth animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle out of 12. According to the story, those 12 animals in the cycle were determined after all creatures on Earth were summoned to participate in a race, where the Jade Emperor was making a calendar. The first 12 to reach the end of the race would receive the status of becoming a part of the Chinese zodiac sign, and have a year dedicated to them out of a 12-year rotation. The dragon is also the zodiac corresponds to 2000, a year that is meaningful to a lot of us in Gen Z!

The Wood Dragon is said to bring new opportunities, collaboration, creativity, energy, revitalization, and determination (amongst other things) during the Lunar New Year. I don’t know about everyone else, but if having the symbol of the Wood Dragon near me can bring me any of those good vibes, they would be much appreciated.

With that, here are the products for the Lunar New Year collection that will help you keep the good luck of the Wood Dragon close to you at all times. All of these products are currently available at Starbucks stores nationwide. Plus, with participating Starbucks locations now accepting personal cups in café, drive-thru, and the Starbucks app, customers can bring back their favorite clean, personal cup to receive a $0.10 discount on their beverage, and Starbucks Rewards members will receive 25 Bonus Stars. All the more reason to have a cute, reusable cup on hand, am I right?

Year of the wood dragon cold cup ($20)
Starbucks Year of the Dragon Cold Cup

This Wood Dragon Cold Cup is said to highlight the sparkles of the dragon’s scales, which means the design will be even prettier in person. As an avid collector of cold cups, I’m pumped to be able to honor the year of the dragon in a useful way (and have a new and festive cup for the smoothies I make at home).

year of the wood dragon mug ($17)
Starbucks Year of the Dragon Mug

If you’re a fan of unconventional and unique mugs, look no further than the Wood Dragon Mug for the newest addition to your collection. I’m not much of a hot drink girl, but I’m gonna have to grab that mug. I mean, come on — how can you say no to that adorable dragon?

Year of the wood dragon tumbler ($23)
Starbucks Year of the Dragon Tumbler

My personal favorite design, the Wood Dragon Tumbler features a large wishing tree and the Wood Dragon meeting a new friend, serving as a reminder of good fortune and the promise of collaboration this new year brings. 

Year of the wood dragon gift card
Starbucks Lunar New Year Gift Card

If you’re really not sure what design you want to get, why not play it safe and get a Wood Dragon gift card? This design gives you a chance to let your friend benefit from the gift of coffee while still benefiting from the good energy of the Lunar New Year collection. This design is also available as an e-gift card!

Even if the Lunar New Year collection isn’t your vibe, you can also bring in the New Year in style with the other collections that Starbucks has right now. One of my personal favorites is the Alison Bremner collection, because lifting up diverse voices is so important and I love the color incorporated into these designs.

Moral of the story: You can never go wrong with a new product from a Starbucks collection. 

Addie Whightsil is a Public Relations student at the University of Oklahoma. Beyond academics, Addie's interests extend to the simple pleasures in life. She has an undeniable affection for juice, savoring every drop of its fruity goodness. Her fondness for Jellycats, those irresistibly huggable stuffed animals, adds a touch of whimsy to her daily life. However, what she really loves is sharing personal stories and life lessons for the internet to read.